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Monday, 01 September 2014

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'You've wasted your lives' Carlisle judge tells jailed drug addicts

A pair of “inadequate drug addicts” were caught red-handed after a break-in at a flat.

Martyn Corrie, 24, and Barry Peacock, 34, who both have a string of previous convictions, were found by police after the alarm was raised by a neighbour.

Both men were jailed for six months after admitting burgling the flat at Chatsworth Square in Carlisle city centre.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Corrie, of Rydal Street, off Botchergate in the city, had 22 previous convictions.

Peacock, of no fixed address, had previously totted up 32 offences.

Richard Archer, prosecuting, said the raid was carried out on March 24. He told the court a woman heard noise coming from the communal entrance to the flats.

Mr Archer said: “She called police because she was concerned a burglary was about to take place.”

The court heard a flat door was forced open.

Mr Archer added: “When officers attended they found Peacock in the property looking through a pile of CDs.

“The officer asked him what he was doing, to which he replied: ‘Just ratching’.”

Peacock was escorted out and arrested. While this happened Corrie walked out.

In police interviews Corrie said he had gone to the flats and knocked on numerous doors looking for different friends.

He claimed Peacock kicked the door open and he followed him in to prevent him from stealing anything.

Corrie said he hid when police arrived because he had a bad record. Peacock gave no comment.

Both men, the court heard, had not committed previous offences of this kind.

In mitigation, the court heard Peacock pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Alan Lovett, representing Corrie, said his client was aware custody was inevitable.

The judge, Recorder David Williams, described the men as “inadequate drug addicts”.

“It’s clear to me that you both quite blatantly have wasted your lives on heroin and you’ve got to get off it,” he added.

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